The jury determined the Prydes and Petersons each deserved $4 million, but the award is likely to be sharply reduced. State law requires it to be capped at $100,000.A wrongful-death cap of $100K? Irrespective of actual economic damages? Limiting the noneconomic ("pain and suffering") damages of losing one's child at age 20 or so to $100K, 40% + expenses of which is likely to go to the lawyers?
Hell, at that rate, I'm amazed any lawyer was willing to take the case. (Note that the linked article says Va. Tech may appeal, and it's still possible the lawyers will take a loss.)
Mississippi's own cap for a state defendant is
... 24 other families split a $11M settlement. Leaving aside the merits of the plaintiffs' trying the case rather than opting in, if the most those families could've recovered was $100K each, $2.4M total, then I wonder how $11M was arrived at.